With society now being more beauty-conscious than ever, it's hard not to compare ourselves to the pretty faces we see in magazines and tv shows. And that's perfectly normal. After all, with their chiselled features, flawless skin, incredible bodies and annoyingly white teeth, looking at yourself in the mirror afterwards can sometimes be too much to bear.
However, (a word we will be using a lot in this article), there's a reason these beauties look so good: they take care of themselves. While this may seem obvious, you'll be surprised what goes into achieving this runway-ready look and even more surprised to know that many of the habits and products they swear by can easily be woven into your lifestyle, too!
So to get you looking your best, here are 10 products and daily habits you should look into if you want to feel good on both the outside and more importantly, the inside.
1. Dermapem microneedling
Collagen induction therapy, otherwise known as microneedling, is a cosmetic procedure that celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie swear by.
It involves frequently puncturing the skin with small, sterile needles to promote collagen the same way a scab would heal a cut. While treatments typically range within the $300 mark, a series of 6 sessions, 4 weeks apart, is recommended if you want to see the best results. For people with acne scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and active acne, this treatment has been known to work wonders to help restore skin to its former glory.
2. Sheet masks
Maybe guys aren't going to be as easily won over by these as women, but whatever your gender, sheet masks are brilliant at keeping away the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles and boosting a healthy complexion and glow.
The face-shaped sheet fabrics are rich in nutrition and contain a solution called serum. Coming in a variety of materials, sheet masks, which celebrities often use before a public appearance, can simply be worn for 10-20 minutes before being discarded.
You should moisturize every day- especially if you have naturally dry skin. Not only does moisturizer promote a youthful glow, some also contain sunscreen, which is vital in protecting the skin and reducing visible signs of ageing.
Best of all, it allows you to feel fresh and rejuvenated and allows other products to absorb faster. For best results, apply shortly after splashing water on your face.
4. Eye cream
Our eyes are often the first area of the face to show clear signs of distress and wear, so it's essential you get equated with a good eye cream in your mid-20s.
The best ones often contain vitamin C which promotes a natural glow and reduced purple puffiness and lines under the eyes.
5. Regular exercise
Veering away from products, one of the most important facets of a healthy lifestyle is undoubtedly exercising on a regular basis. If you want to look slim and feel good about yourself, there's no better way than by getting off your bum and hitting your local gym.
Whether it's weight training, running, or even a dance or yoga class, remaining active boosts our serotonin levels, and thus increasing positivity in our brains as well as helping us look the best we can be.
6. Water (lots of it)
While we may be stating the obvious here, water is the best and only drink you should be consuming on a daily basis. Forget teeth-staining coffee. Avoid teeth-ruining sodas and misleading smoothie products. Water is the only drink that balances all of the body fluids and helps our skin stay fresh and glowing.
In short, you can buy all the beauty products you like, but if you want youthful skin and that seemingly all-too-elusive radiant complexion, water is the way forward.
7. Softening lotion
Another unisex product on our list, GQ recently produced a video highlighting the best products male models use on their face to enhance their ethereal features and softening lotion was one of them.
Used before moisturizer, the lotion adds a faint glow and creates a more even skin tone over time.
How many times did your teacher tell you to sit up straight in class? A lot, probably. But kids aren't the only slouchers. In the modern-day world of office work, we have all become accustomed to slumping over our screens and forgetting to straighten our backs and shoulders when walking.
Not only will you add a few inches to your height, but you'll also look more confident.
9. Green goodness
Again, we don't mean to sound like your teacher, but it's important to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day. Preferably, we'd prefer you to eat the stuff in a solid form as opposed to a liquidated version because smoothies and their ilk tend to ruin your teeth as they contain a lot of sugar.
However, if you struggle with food and are a fussy eater, then pick up a green smoothie and drink it with a straw.
Concealer is a go-to product for women wishing to hide an unruly spot or a puffy pair of eyes, and guys shouldn't be afraid to dab a bit on either!
As we touched upon before on this website, there is, however, a stigma still attached to men wearing any form of make-up, but if you're a guy and want to look fresh on a night out without showing your acne, then don't be afraid to use it!